Lama Zopa Rinpoche does prostrations at Vulture’s Peak, the site of Buddha’s first teaching, Rajgir, India, February 2, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lunar and solar eclipses are auspicious days for practice and provide opportunities for accumulating increased merit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises that the merit generated on lunar eclipses is multiplied by 700,000 and by 100 million on solar eclipses.

Upcoming lunar eclipses: January 31, July 27

Upcoming solar eclipses: February 15, July 13, and August 11

On these multiplying days, any beneficial practices can be done. In particular, Rinpoche recommends:

Any other meritorious activities advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche are also good to do on these days, such as recitations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra, Sutra of Golden Light, and Sanghata Sutra, with extensive dedications. These texts are available on the “Sutras” page on

January 31 is a lunar eclipse and all are invited to participate in generating 700,000 times the merit than what would be accumulated on a non-multiplying day. 

You can read more about practices specifically recommended by Rinpoche for lunar and solar eclipses, and other Buddha Multiplying Days:

Check “Dharma Practice Dates” for information on auspicious days for practice:

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